(Tea Party 247) – If anyone is surprised that the state of California is going into an extreme state of lockdown amid the hysteria surrounding the coronavirus outbreak?
The Democrats will take any excuse to exercise the might of the state’s power, and it seems like this is no different.
During a press conference on Tuesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom stated that his state is considering declaring martial law after 12 deaths due to the virus were confirmed.
There are currently 500 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Golden State, which has an overall population of over 39 million.
Fox News reported:
It’s all part of a rapidly escalating reaction that saw three more Northern California counties on Tuesday follow the example of those in the San Francisco Bay Area that told residents to stay at home and go outside only for food, medicine and other essential needs.
At a news conference, Newsom did not announce a similar requirement statewide, but previously told bars, restaurants, movie theaters, fitness centers and other gathering places to shut their doors as the death toll crept to 12 and the number of confirmed cases neared 500. All people 65 and older and those with underlying health conditions have been encouraged to stay indoors.
In readying the National Guard for action, Newsom’s office emphasized that it’s for duties routinely performed during natural disasters and other emergencies. But Newsom grimly added that “we have the ability to do martial law … if we feel the necessity.”
Imposing martial law would take the extraordinary step of replacing the usual laws with military authority, with the possible suspension of civil liberties like freedom of association and movement.
On Tuesday, Orange County announced severe restrictions on residents to “minimize the coronavirus outbreak.” Several counties in the Bay Area, including San Francisco, announced a shelter-in-place order, requiring that citizens to remain at home and avoid unnecessary travel.
The chief health officer in Orange County also announced a ban on dining in restaurants and ordered bars to close. According to the Gateway Pundit, they also threatened to jail anyone who walked outdoors with anyone other than members of their household.
According to the order they report, those who do not live together must stay 6 feet away from each other.
In San Francisco, residents can only leave their homes to go to the grocery store to seek medical aid or help a friend or family member in need.
It gets worse, however.
In Los Angeles, the homeless are exempt from the orders and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is releasing inmates in response to the outbreak.
Only in California!